The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is likely to launch seven satellites designed by students of various Indian institutions and universities, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh said: “ISRO is addressing the possibility of launching satellites being designed by students of various Indian institutions. These satellites are in various stages of development.”
The seven student satellites are – SWAYAM designed by College of Engineering, Pune, PISAT by PES University, Bangalore, PRATHAM by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Bombay (Mumbai), SATHYABAMASAT by Sathyabama University, Chennai, NIUSAT by Noorul Islam Univeristy, Kumaracoil (Tamil Nadu), PARIKSHIT by Manipal Institute of Technology, Karnataka and IITMSAT by IIT-Madras (Chennai).
The minister also said that since 2009, ISRO has successfully launched four student satellites.
While the ANUSAT by the Anna University in Tamil Nadu was launched in 2009, STUDSAT was launched the following year and was designed by a consortium of engineering colleges. Two more satellites, SRMSat and JUGNU were launched on the same date on October, 12, 2011 and were made by SRM University (Tamin Nadu) and IIT-Kanpur respectively.